Saturday, March 27, 2010

Severe Weather Time Lapse - 3/25/10



The NWS HUN storm survey rated the Morgan County tornado EF1:
0540 PM     TORNADO          8 W FALKVILLE           34.38N 87.05W
03/25/2010 F1 MORGAN AL NWS STORM SURVEY

AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST WEST OF MASSEY WITH A
PATH LENGTH OF 3 MILES AND A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 50 YARDS.
MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE 100 MPH. A MOBILE HOME
WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED AS WELL AS TWO CHICKEN HOUSES. TREES
WERE ALSO SNAPPED.
Morgan County Tornado


The Cullman County storm was originally reported as a tornado but no damage was found in the storm survey.

0635 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     5 W FAIRVIEW            34.25N 86.77W
03/25/2010 CULLMAN AL NWS STORM SURVEY

FUNNEL CLOUD REPORTED 5 MILES WEST OF FAIRVIEW. NO DAMAGE
FOUND ON NWS STORM SURVEY.

Friday, March 26, 2010

NWS BHM Storm Surveys

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1208 PM CDT FRI MAR 26 2010

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SHELBY COUNTY...

SURVEY TEAMS HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR EFFORTS FOR THE DAY. RESULTS WILL
BE EVALUATED AND A REVIEW WILL BE CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE IF
ADDITIONAL SURVEYS ARE NEEDED.

MULTIPLE SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED THURSDAY EVENING WHICH
RESULTED IN TWO CONFIRMED TORNADO TOUCHDOWNS.

...SHELBY COUNTY...

EVENT DATE: MARCH 25, 2010
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS: (MPH): 90 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION & TIME: 33.239071/86.867007 7:02 PM
EVENT END LOCATION & TIME: 33.253754/86.822974 7:07 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.75 MILES
DAMAGE PATH WIDTH (IN YARDS): 100 YARDS
WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 7:01 PM UNTIL 7:30 PM
WATCHES: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH WAS IN EFFECT FROM 3:20 PM
UNTIL 7:00 PM

THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 702 PM ON FOX VALLEY
ROAD IN MAYLENE WHERE IS TOSSED TRAMPOLINES AND SNAPPED A FEW SMALL
TREES. THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST CROSSING SHELBY COUNTY ROAD
17 JUST SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 17 AND 1ST AVE
WEST. IT THEN STRUCK FOX VALLEY APARTMENTS AND MOVED INTO THE
STONEY MEADOW SUBDIVISION WHERE SEVERAL HOMES RECEIVED MINOR TO
SUBSTANTIAL ROOF DAMAGE. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED ON
ROCK VIEW TRAIL WHERE SIDING WAS STRIPPED OFF ONE HOME AND
SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE AND A GARAGE DOOR WAS BLOWN OUT AT ANOTHER
RESIDENCE. TWO MATURE CEDAR TREES WERE ALSO SNAPPED AT THIS
LOCATION. THE TORNADO WEAKENED RAPIDLY AND CONTINUED TO PRODUCE
MINOR TO MINIMAL DAMAGE AS IT CROSSED THROUGH THE NAVAJO TRAIL
SUBDIVISION. THE LAST BITS OF MINOR ROOF AND FENCE DAMAGE WERE IN
THE GREENFIELD SUBDIVISION OFF INDUSTRIAL PARK DRIVE IN ALABASTER.

...CHILTON COUNTY...

EVENT DATE: MARCH 25, 2010
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS: (MPH): 95 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION & TIME: 32.84717/86.68140 7:59 PM
EVENT END LOCATION & TIME: 32.85533/86.63510 8:05 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.76 MILES
DAMAGE PATH WIDTH (IN YARDS): 200 YARDS
WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 7:55 PM UNTIL 8:30 PM

FIVE STRUCTURES DAMAGED...CONSISTING OF MOSTLY MINOR SHINGLE DAMAGE
TO ROOFS. OTHER STRUCTURES INCLUDED ONE GARAGE AND ONE GAZEBO. ONE
LARGE STORAGE BUILDING WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED WITH DEBRIS SCATTERED
NEARLY 1.5 MILES DOWNSTREAM. 8-10 HARDWOOD TREES UPROOTED AND 6-9
SMALLER HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES SNAPPED. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE
GROUND FOR ABOUT 6 MINUTES.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

NO DAMAGE FOUND IN WINSTON COUNTY BETWEEN DOUBLE SPRINGS AND
ADDISON. THIS STORM TRACKED PRIMARILY ACROSS THE BANKHEAD NATIONAL
FOREST WHICH MAY BE A FACTOR IN THE LACK OF REPORTS. PARK RANGERS
AND FIRST RESPONDERS DID NOT FIND ANY DAMAGE. A SPECIAL THANKS TO
NWS HUNTSVILLE FOR COORDINATION ON THIS SURVEY.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND
PARTNERS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF
ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES...PLEASE CONTACT
YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE...OR CALL OUR STORM REPORTING
HOTLINE AT 1-800-856-0758.

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3/25/10 Morgan and Cullman Storms


Looking Northwest of Falkville in Morgan County

I will post more later, but here is a sample of what I saw yesterday.



More to come...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Alabaster, AL Tornado Video

Videos were taken by Heather Bates. Thanks to Stephanie Honeycutt for sharing them!





On the road....


4:22


3:26


2:13 - Storms Developing / STS Watch - Sun in North Alabama

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch


SEL5

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 35
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
150 PM CDT THU MAR 25 2010

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

PARTS OF NORTHERN ALABAMA
SMALL PARTS OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
PARTS OF SOUTHWEST KENTUCKY
MISSOURI BOOTHEEL
PARTS OF NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI
WESTERN AND PARTS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE

EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 150 PM UNTIL
700 PM CDT.

HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70
MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 90
STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 65 MILES WEST
NORTHWEST OF FORT CAMPBELL KENTUCKY TO 40 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
TUPELO MISSISSIPPI. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE
THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5).

REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

DISCUSSION...LOW TOPPED THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED TO INCREASE RAPIDLY
ACROSS THE WATCH AS STRONG UPPER VORT/COLD POOL ROTATES ACROSS THE
MS RIVER IN TN VALLEY THIS AFTERNOON. SHEAR PROFILES WILL BE STRONG
AND PARTICULARLY EASTERN PORTION OF WATCH SUPPORT ROTATING STORMS.
WHILE INSTABILITY WILL REMAIN GENERALLY LESS THAN 1000 J/KG OF
MUCAPE...THE STEEP LAPSE RATES AND STRONG ASCENT ALONG WITH SHEAR
SUPPORT NOT ONLY MARGINALLY SEVERE HAIL BUT WIND DAMAGE.
ADDITIONALLY IF SUPERCELLS ARE ABLE TO DEVELOP A BRIEF TORNADO
THREAT AND LARGER HAIL WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE.

AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60
KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 300. MEAN STORM
MOTION VECTOR 24035.


...HALES

CAPE is the Question


RUC 0-3km MLCAPE, effective at 5 p.m.

CAPE stands for convective available potential energy. Essentially, CAPE is a measure of the instability in the atmosphere which is one of the main ingredients for severe weather. Warm, moist air near the surface, combined with cooler, dry air aloft causes "instability". This instability helps provide lift and moisture for convection, or thunderstorm development. Without convection, thunderstorms would not develop. Tornado development usually requires a significant amount of instability in order to develop supercells or other forms of convection. Many other factors, though, are necessary for tornado development. Wind shear (changes in direction and speed of winds with height) is critical, among others. I have noticed in recent years that tornadoes have formed many times in situations where instability values were not impressive but shear and other factors were strong. Case in point: the Huntsville tornado of January 21, 1010.


Let's see if that happens today.

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Latest on Severe Potential


Excerpt from the SPC....
BY EARLY AFTERNOON...A STRONG DRY SLOT OVER TX WILL ROTATE NORTHEASTWARD INTO MS/WESTERN TN. A PERIOD OF SUNSHINE IN THIS REGION WILL HELP TO STEEPEN LOW LEVEL LAPSE RATES AND DESTABILIZE THE AIR MASS WITH POCKETS OF MUCAPE OVER 1000 J/KG EXPECTED. OVERNIGHT MODEL RUNS ARE GENERALLY CONSISTENT IN DEVELOPING SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS BY 21Z OVER NORTHERN MS AND WESTERN TN...SPREADING RAPIDLY EASTWARD INTO MIDDLE TN/NORTHERN AND CENTRAL AL/NORTHWEST GA DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. MODEL FORECAST SOUNDINGS IN THIS AREA SHOW COLD MID LEVEL TEMPERATURES AND THERMODYNAMIC PROFILES FAVORABLE FOR HAIL IN THE STRONGER STORMS. BOWING LINE SEGMENTS ALSO APPEAR POSSIBLE WITH THE ATTENDANT DAMAGING WIND THREAT.
Excerpt from NWS HUN HWO...
THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING AHEAD OF ANAPPROACHING COLD FRONT. SOME OF THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BECAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND PERHAPS ANISOLATED TORNADO. APPROXIMATE TIMING FOR THE SEVERE WEATHER THREATIS 2 PM TO 6 PM IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA...BETWEEN 4 PM AND 8 PM NEAR INTERSTATE 65...AND 6 PM TO 10 PM FOR NORTHEAST ALABAMA ANDSOUTHEAST MIDDLE TENNESSEE. SINCE THE STORMS WOULD OCCUR DURINGAFTERNOON HEATING...LOCATIONS WEST OF INTERSTATE 65 HAVE A HIGHERTHREAT FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.
Excerpt from NWS HUN AFD
PARAMETERS ALIGNBETTER BY THE AFTN. THERMAL/MOISTURE RIDGE PRECEDING THE FRONTCOMBINES WITH THE COLD CORE ALOFT TO CREATE WEAK INSTABILITY. IF ANYCLEARING IS REALIZED...THE INSTABILITY OBVIOUSLY BECOMES MUCH MOREOF A FACTOR. SHEAR WILL RELAX SOMEWHAT FROM THE VERY HIGH MORNINGVALUES...BUT WILL STILL BE SUFFICIENT FOR A DMG WIND THREAT...AND IFTHE 06Z NAM IS TO BELIEVED...TORNADOES AS WELL. AS USUAL FOR THISTIME OF YEAR...INSTABILITY IS THE KEY.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Severe Weather Tomorrow


SPC Day 2 Severe Weather Outlook



SPC/SREF Supercell Composite Index, Valid 3 PM 3/25/10



SPC/SREF Significant Tornado >1 Index, Valid 3PM, 3/25/10

Severe weather, including a few tornadoes, is possible in Alabama tomorrow afternoon and evening. Despite some lingering cool air at the surface, models are showing a moist slot of surface dewpoints in the 60's in Alabama prior to frontal and/or dry line passage. Increasing dewpoints, combined with strong shear and a 70-90 knot jet stream may contribute to supercells and a few tornadoes. The SPC states that forecast soundings show "classic profiles for supercells capable of producing large hail and tornadoes."

Stay tuned and be weather aware tomorrow!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Morgan County Snow Showers

On 3/22/2010, the first full day of spring, snow showers associated with an upper level low pressure system moved across North Alabama resulting in a dusting of snow in higher elevations.

One of my co-workers, Debbie Blevins, took the video and the pictures seen below in the Oden Ridge community, which is near the town of Eva in Morgan County, Alabama around 10:41 a.m. I used to live in Oden Ridge myself and it is not unusual for snowfall events and amounts to be enhanced by the elevation there.

Debbie's photos and video:









Video:



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Monday, March 22, 2010

Snowing in the Bradford Pear Blooms

Decatur, AL 10:15 a.m.

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Snow Showers in North Alabama


8:40 UAH ARMOR Radar
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Perfect Weather Warning....

ALABAMA REGIONAL WEATHER ROUNDUP
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
200 PM CDT FRI MAR 19 2010

NOTE: "FAIR" INDICATES FEW OR NO CLOUDS BELOW 12,000 FEET
WITH NO SIGNIFICANT WEATHER AND/OR OBSTRUCTIONS TO VISIBILITY.

THE REMARK "TC" DENOTES TEMPERATURE IN DEGREES CELSIUS.

NORTH ALABAMA

CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS
MUSCLE SHOALS SUNNY 67 36 31 VRB3 30.04F
HUNTSVILLE SUNNY 68 35 29 SW3 30.04F
DECATUR SUNNY 67 32 27 CALM 30.05F
HALEYVILLE FAIR 67 33 28 VRB6 30.05F
GADSDEN SUNNY 66 36 32 CALM 30.03F
$$

WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS
TUSCALOOSA SUNNY 71 32 23 SE7 30.04F
$$

CENTRAL ALABAMA

CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS
BIRMINGHAM MOSUNNY 68 34 28 CALM 30.05F
MONTGOMERY MOSUNNY 70 36 28 W6 30.05F
SHELBY CO ARPT SUNNY 69 37 30 CALM 30.04F
MAXWELL AFB MO SUNNY 71 38 30 VRB3 30.03F

EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS
ANNISTON SUNNY 68 33 27 SE6 30.03F
ALEXANDER CITY SUNNY 70 34 26 CALM 30.03F
AUBURN SUNNY 70 34 26 NW6 30.00F
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SOUTHWEST ALABAMA

CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS
MOBILE PTSUNNY 67 39 35 CALM 30.07F
BROOKLEY FIELD MOSUNNY 68 39 34 S8 30.08F
EVERGREEN SUNNY 70 36 28 VRB5 30.05F
$$

SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS
DOTHAN SUNNY 71 39 31 VRB3 30.07F
OZARK MOSUNNY 71 41 33 SW8 30.03F
TROY SUNNY 72 37 28 VRB3 30.04F
EUFAULA FAIR 74 37 26 S7 30.01F


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Overcast and 48


Over the past week or so it seemed that every time I walked by my thermometer I saw the number “48” and every time I stepped outside the skies were overcast. I decided to check the previous three days’ worth of hourly observations from the Huntsville International Airport to see just how true this was.

During each of the 72 hourly observations (3 days) from 11 a.m. Sunday March 14 through 10 a.m. Wednesday March 17, the Huntsville International Airport has reported overcast skies during each of the 72 hourly observations (five included light rain).

During those same 72 hours, temperatures have only ranged from 45 to 51. The average temperature has been 48.4 degrees. The median (middle) temperature and mode (most frequently occurring) temperature were both 48.

Following is the number of hours spent at each temperature:

45 - 4
46 - 3
47 - 15
48 - 16
49 - 15
50 - 11
51 - 8

The temperature has been between 47 and 50 during 79 per cent of the past 3 days.

While this may have made forecasting easier, it has certainly been dreary weather for people who enjoy sunshine and boring for people who enjoy extreme weather.


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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Images from the Blizzard of 1993


Valley Avenue, Homewood, AL


Kevin Selle on Red Mountain in Birmingham


Satellite image


58 mph in the blizzard on Red Mountain in Birmingham

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Snowfall Totals - NWS Huntsville

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
952 AM CST WED MAR 3 2010

...SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM THE MARCH 2 SNOW EVENT...

A WINTER STORM BROUGHT SNOW TO A LARGE PORTION OF NORTH ALABAMA AND
SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE ON TUESDAY MARCH 2ND. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS
WITHIN THE HUNTSVILLE COUNTY WARNING AREA WERE GENERALLY HIGHEST IN
THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA...WHERE UP TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW
FELL. ELSEWHERE...AMOUNTS WERE GENERALLY ONE TO TWO INCHES. BELOW IS
A LIST OF SNOWFALL REPORTS RECEIVED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES.

...CULLMAN COUNTY...
WEST POINT 2.5 COOP

...DEKALB COUNTY...
CROSSVILLE 1.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
FORT PAYNE 2.0 PUBLIC
FYFFE 2.5 PUBLIC
GERALDINE 2.5 EMERGENCY MGMT
SYLVANIA 3.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
1 S COLLINSVILLE 5.0 PUBLIC
VALLEY HEAD 5.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
IDER 5.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
MENTONE 5.5 EMERGENCY MGMT
MENTONE 6.0 PUBLIC/MEDIA

...FRANKLIN COUNTY TENNESSEE...
COWAN 1.0 TRAINED SPOTTER
ESTILL SPRINGS 1.0 PUBLIC
HUNTLAND 1.3 PUBLIC
WINCHESTER 1.7 COOP

...JACKSON COUNTY...
HOLLYTREE 0.5 COOP
WOODVILLE 0.7 TRAINED SPOTTER
1 NE LANGSTON 1.0 COCORAHS
PLEASANT GROVES 4.5 COCORAHS

...LAUDERDALE COUNTY...
ROGERSVILLE 0.7 BROADCAST MEDIA
ANDERSON 2.0 COOP

...LAWRENCE COUNTY...
MOULTON 1.5 EMERGENCY MGMT

...LIMESTONE COUNTY...
EAST ATHENS 1.0 NWS EMPLOYEE
EAST LIMESTONE 2.0 PUBLIC
5 E ATHENS 2.0 COCORAHS

...LINCOLN COUNTY...
FAYETTEVILLE 2.0 COOP

...MADISON COUNTY...
MADISON 1.0 NWS EMPLOYEE
5 SSW HARVEST 1.1 COCORAHS
1 NNE MADISON 1.2 COCORAHS
4 E HARVEST 1.3 PUBLIC
4 ENE HUNTSVILLE 1.5 COCORAHS
3 NE HARVEST 2.0 PUBLIC
4 SE TONEY 2.8 COCORAHS
HSV MOUNTAIN 3.0 PUBLIC

...MARSHALL COUNTY...
GUNTERSVILLE 0.9 COOP
5 WNW ALBERTVILLE 1.5 COCORAHS
UNION GROVE 2.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
2 ENE GUNTERSVILLE 2.0 COCORAHS
2 SW GUNTERSVILLE 2.8 COCORAHS
GRANT 3.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
ALBERTVILLE 3.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
ARAB 3.0 EMERGENCY MGMT

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BCC

3/2/10 Snowfall Totals From NWS HUN

These are the totals, sorted from greatest to least for the NWS Huntsville County Warning Area.

Location / Amount / County / Source
Mentone 6.0″ DeKalb Public/Media
Mentone 5.5″ DeKalb Emergency Mgmt.
Valley Head 5.0″ DeKalb Emergency Mgmt.
Ider 5.0″ DeKalb Emergency Mgmt.
Pleasant Groves 4.5″ Jackson CoCoRAHS
Sylvania 3.0″ DeKalb Emergency Mgmt.
Huntsville Mt 3.0″ Madison Public
Grant 3.0″ Marshall Emergency Mgmt.
Albertville 3.0″ Marshall Emergency Mgmt.
Arab 3.0″ Marshall Emergency Mgmt.
4 SE Toney 2.8″ Madison CoCoRAHS
2SW Guntersville2.8″ Marshall CoCoRAHS
West Point 2.5″ Cullman COOP
Fyffe 2.5″ DeKalb Public
Geraldine 2.5″ DeKalb Emergency Mgmt.
Fort Payne 2.0″ DeKalb Public
Anderson 2.0″ Lauderdale COOP
Moulton 2.0″ Lawrence Emergency Mgmt.
East Limestone 2.0″ Limestone Public
5 E Athens 2.0″ Limestone CoCoRAHS
Fayetteville 2.0″ Lincoln COOP
3 NE Harvest 2.0″ Madison Public
Union Grove 2.0″ Marshall Emergency Mgmt.
2ENE Guntersv. 2.0″ Marshall CoCoRAHS
Winchester 1.7″ Franklin (TN) COOP
Collinsville 1.5″ DeKalb Emergency Mgmt.
4ENE Huntsville 1.5″ Madison CoCoRAHS
5WNW Albertville1.5″ Marshall CoCoRAHS
Huntland 1.3″ Franklin (TN) Public
4 E Harvest 1.3″ Madison Public
1 NNE Madison 1.2″ Madison CoCoRAHS
5 SSW Harvest 1.1″ Madison CoCoRAHS
Crossville 1.0″ DeKalb Emergency Mgmt.
Cowan 1.0″ Franklin (TN) Trained Spotter
Estill Springs 1.0″ Franklin (TN) Public
1 NE Langston 1.0″ Jackson CoCoRAHS
East Athens 1.0″ Limestone NWS Employee
Madison 1.0″ Madison NWS Employee
Guntersville 0.9″ Marshall COOP
Woodville 0.7″ Jackson Trained Spotter
Rogersville 0.7″ Lauderdale Broadcast Media
Hollytree 0.5″ Jackson COOP

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Snowfall Totals - NWS Huntsville

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
952 AM CST WED MAR 3 2010

...SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM THE MARCH 2 SNOW EVENT...

A WINTER STORM BROUGHT SNOW TO A LARGE PORTION OF NORTH ALABAMA
AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE ON TUESDAY MARCH 2ND. SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS WITHIN THE HUNTSVILLE COUNTY WARNING AREA WERE
GENERALLY HIGHEST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA...WHERE
UP TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW FELL. ELSEWHERE...AMOUNTS WERE GENERALLY
ONE TO TWO INCHES. BELOW IS A LIST OF SNOWFALL REPORTS RECEIVED
FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES.

...CULLMAN COUNTY...
WEST POINT 2.5 COOP

...DEKALB COUNTY...
CROSSVILLE 1.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
FORT PAYNE 2.0 PUBLIC
FYFFE 2.5 PUBLIC
GERALDINE 2.5 EMERGENCY MGMT
SYLVANIA 3.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
1 S COLLINSVILLE 5.0 PUBLIC
VALLEY HEAD 5.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
IDER 5.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
MENTONE 5.5 EMERGENCY MGMT
MENTONE 6.0 PUBLIC/MEDIA

...FRANKLIN COUNTY TENNESSEE...
COWAN 1.0 TRAINED SPOTTER
ESTILL SPRINGS 1.0 PUBLIC
HUNTLAND 1.3 PUBLIC
WINCHESTER 1.7 COOP

...JACKSON COUNTY...
HOLLYTREE 0.5 COOP
WOODVILLE 0.7 TRAINED SPOTTER
1 NE LANGSTON 1.0 COCORAHS
PLEASANT GROVES 4.5 COCORAHS

...LAUDERDALE COUNTY...
ROGERSVILLE 0.7 BROADCAST MEDIA
ANDERSON 2.0 COOP

...LAWRENCE COUNTY...
MOULTON 1.5 EMERGENCY MGMT

...LIMESTONE COUNTY...
EAST ATHENS 1.0 NWS EMPLOYEE
EAST LIMESTONE 2.0 PUBLIC
5 E ATHENS 2.0 COCORAHS

...LINCOLN COUNTY...
FAYETTEVILLE 2.0 COOP

...MADISON COUNTY...
MADISON 1.0 NWS EMPLOYEE
5 SSW HARVEST 1.1 COCORAHS
1 NNE MADISON 1.2 COCORAHS
4 E HARVEST 1.3 PUBLIC
4 ENE HUNTSVILLE 1.5 COCORAHS
3 NE HARVEST 2.0 PUBLIC
4 SE TONEY 2.8 COCORAHS
HSV MOUNTAIN 3.0 PUBLIC

...MARSHALL COUNTY...
GUNTERSVILLE 0.9 COOP
5 WNW ALBERTVILLE 1.5 COCORAHS
UNION GROVE 2.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
2 ENE GUNTERSVILLE 2.0 COCORAHS
2 SW GUNTERSVILLE 2.8 COCORAHS
GRANT 3.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
ALBERTVILLE 3.0 EMERGENCY MGMT
ARAB 3.0 EMERGENCY MGMT

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Snowy Morning in North Alabama


7:40 West Point School, Cullman County. (By Joe Wilhelm)


6:57 NW Cullman County (By Lisa Brock).


7 a.m. Meridianville, AL (By Sharon Saunders).

A few snowfall reports from the NWS:

6 inches of snow measured on Lookout Mountain - Mentone (Dekalb). Pics
3 inches of snow measured over Huntsville Mountain on Hwy 431 (Madison).
3 inches of snow measured at Arab (Marshall).
3 inches of snow measured at Grant (Marshall).
3 inches of snow measured at Albertville (Marshall).
2.5 inches of snow measured in Scrougeout (Etowah).
2.5 inches of snow measured in Noccalula Falls (Etowah).
2.2 inches of snow measured in Wynnville (Blount).
2 inches of snow measured at Union Grove (Marshall).
2 inches of snow measured in Little River Canyon (Dekalb).
2 inches of snow measured on Mount Cheaha (Cleburne).
2 inches of snow measured in Fort Payne (Dekalb).
2 inches of snow measured in Toney (Madison).
2 inches of snow measured in East Limestone - Capshaw Rd (Limestone).
2 inches of snow measured in Rogersville (Lauderdale).
1.5 inches of snow measured in Moulton (Lawrence).
1 inch of snow measured in Weaver (Calhoun).
1 inch of snow measured in Athens (Limestone).

Here are a few pictures that I took between 7 and 7:15 am in Huntsville:










More pics from James Spann's viewers at ABC 33/40
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Monday, March 01, 2010

Winter Storm Warning - Marshall/Dekalb


Pink-WS Warning / Purple Winter Wx Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
247 PM CST MON MAR 1 2010

...SNOW EXPECTED OVERNIGHT INTO TUESDAY...

.A STORM SYSTEM PASSING TO THE SOUTH OF THE TENNESSEE VALLEY WILL COMBINE WITH COLD AIR MOVING IN FROM THE NORTH. THIS WILL ALLOW A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW TO MOVE IN AFTER MIDNIGHT...CHANGING TO ALL SNOW BY DAYBREAK ON TUESDAY.

MARSHALL-DEKALB-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GUNTERSVILLE...FORT PAYNE
247 PM CST MON MAR 1 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 6 PM CST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 6PM CST TUESDAY.

SNOW IS EXPECTED...ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNING HOURS...ON TUESDAY. WITH TEMPERATURES VERY CLOSE TO FREEZING...ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED ESPECIALLY ON ELEVATED SURFACES AND GRASSY AREAS. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION OF TWO TO THREE INCHES IS POSSIBLE IN MARSHALL AND DEKALB COUNTIES...ESPECIALLY AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS. SOME LOCATIONS AT LOWER ELEVATIONS MAY SEE LESS THAN TWO INCHES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.


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